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Migration Policy Institute
May 25, 2023

U.S. Border Asylum Policy Enters New Territory Post-Title 42
By Muzaffar Chishti and Kathleen Bush-Joseph

During the expedited removal process, people who claim fear of persecution in their country of origin are entitled to a credible fear interview to determine their preliminary eligibility for asylum. If they pass this first step, they are released into the interior of the country to pursue their asylum case. Those who do not seek asylum protection or who do not pass the credible fear interview may be removed. Most asylum seekers pass this initial step: From February 2022 through January, asylum officers denied 32 percent of credible fear cases, but some of those decisions were later overturned by immigration judges, leaving a total denial rate of 23 percent of cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

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